Much to the chagrin of fans, the Marvel TV panel at San Diego Comic-Con didn’t include any information or announcements about the upcoming Daredevil series, but did provide some information about the new Agent Carter show. We originally assumed that it would be a spin-off of the Agent Carter One-Shot short film included on the Iron Man 3 Blu-ray, but as it turns out the show will be a prequel, and will take shape under a few Captain America directors.
The series will take place in 1946, after the events of Captain America: The First Avenger. Star Hayley Atwell is reprising her role as the titular British officer-turned S.H.I.E.L.D. founder, and introduced a short teaser that featured footage from The First Avenger and the Agent Carter short, as well as a voiceover that stated:
“The world is changing and if history has taught us anything, it is that freedom is not free. Sometimes the best thing you can do is start over. Welcome to the SSR.”
Atwell promised that the show will explore the emotional and psychological cost of the “extreme pressure” Peggy Carter is under, while screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely (who penned both Cap films and are working on Captain America 3) stated that the show is an opportunity to mine territory that they weren’t able to explore previously.
In order to accomplish those goals, some Marvel Studios film directors will helm some of the show’s episodes. The Winter Solider directors Anthony and Joe Russo will direct episodes two and three, while The First Avenger director Joe Johnson will helm episode four, if scheduling works out.
Bringing in the writers and directors of the Captain America films is a great idea for this series, and should help with connecting it to the rest of the cinematic universe (something that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. struggled with throughout most of its first season).
Agent Carter hasn’t begun production yet, but will soon, and is set to premiere early in 2015.